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Congratulations, Mr. Ramsey!

Ian Ramsey, NYA's Visual & Performing Arts Department ChairCongratulations to NYA’s Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair Ian Ramsey, who earned his Masters of Fine Arts this summer from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He participated in a low-residency program for three years, including four summer residencies at Pacific Lutheran University. Through the program, he connected with writers, artists and educators from around America. He also worked from home each year, intensively, with a different mentor. He focused on poetry and nonfiction and was able to complete a book-length manuscript that he will continue to refine and hopes to have published as a book.

“The Rainier Writing Workshop put me in touch with a nation-wide community of writers and artists and gave me the structure and support to pursue my own creative endeavors. I also pursued a pedagogy focus in the program, which I’ve already put to direct use in my environmental writing class [this class went to Alaska this past June]. The program’s rigor and energy helped me to grow enormously as a person and as an artist, and I’m happy to model that kind of growth for my students,” said Ramsey. The NYA community is very proud of you for this great accomplishment!

Sterling Returns to Coach Field Hockey at NYA

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to announce that Julia Sterling (Freeport) will coach varsity field hockey this fall. Sterling, who was inducted into NYA’s Edgar F. White ’38 Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, has a long and successful history of coaching both field hockey and lacrosse at NYA and surrounding communities.

“I was the field hockey coach at NYA from 2003 to 2010 and won 2 state championship trophies during my tenure. The outgoing coach, Tracy Quimby, was my assistant at that time. She will be tough to replace, but I am very excited to be back on campus as the varsity coach once again,” said Sterling. Sterling also served as NYA varsity girls lacrosse coach from 1991 to 2004.

NYA Athletic Director Jack Hardy explained, “Over the years, I have been able to watch Julia from a distance as she worked her craft with the young ladies fortunate enough to have been coached by her. Her love for the game and her student athletes is always prevalent. It’s great to now be directly associated with this wonderful coach.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.

2015 Summer Assignments …

The summer assignments are posted on the NYA website and available here. The NYA Virtual Bookstore is scheduled to open on Monday, July 20. Please make sure you have your schedule before you order texts. Also, if you order your textbooks between July 20 and July 26, shipping is free.

Have a wonderful summer vacation, everyone!

NYA Class Explores Glacier Bay Alaska

alaska-kayakwallNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) chair of visual and performing arts, Ian Ramsey, created an environmental writing class this spring based around his students’ interests and his own expertise. The class combines writing, environmentalism and adventure with a focus on writing technique, storytelling and environmental awareness. The course is designed for students who are both proficient and interested in the combination of environmentalism and writing. The culmination of the course is a trip to Alaska for a week from June 22 – July 1. Students will kayak through Alaska’s Glacier Bay and meet with environmental authors they have studied during the class including Kim Heacox and Hank Lentfer.

The class began with the exploration of writing styles and literary works of many environmental writers. Their focus was on Alaskan environmental writers. Students then wrote personal essays about their experience with the environment. Ramsey explained, “Each student worked on a five page personal essay about their personal and emotional relationship to a particular landscape.” In March, students read their first manuscripts to the professional writers at The Telling Room in Portland. The professional writers held individual conferences with the students and helped them workshop their writing. They had another writing workshop in April, and read their final pieces to a small crowd on campus at the end of the semester.

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NYA Student from India to Help Girls in Remote Villages

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) rising senior Stanzin Angmo was new not only to NYA this year, but also to the United States.  Angmo came to NYA from Ladakh, India where she graduated from The Siddartha School Project as a sophomore last year. This summer, Angmo will spend a month volunteering at Valley Hospital in New Jersey, then travel to Smith College for their Summer Science and Engineering Program, and then in August, she has raised enough funds to travel back to India to volunteer at the Roy A. Kite Clinic in Ladakh.

angmoThe Siddhartha School Project is a private K-10 school in Ladakh, India.  Founded by Khen Rinpoche, a Tibetan Monk and educator, the school “gives the children of Ladakh access to the highest-quality, thoroughly modern education in the region, while also honoring their life-ways and traditions in the curriculum and school activities.” Rinpoche has visited NYA on two occasions in the last year to both check in on Angmo and speak with NYA students.

Angmo and her friend, Tsewang Chuskit decided to forgo the Indian educational tradition of attending college or intermediate college after tenth grade. Both graduated at the top of their class, and after taking their final exam and receiving top marks, they came to the United States to continue their high school education.  Chuskit lives with a host family in New York and will accompany Angmo on her travels this summer. Angmo lives with a host family in Yarmouth.

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Two NYA Seniors Receive Prestigious National Merit Scholarships

Two North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) seniors received National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.  Ellis Miskell and Charlotte Eisenberg (Peaks Island) were chosen from approximately 1.5 million student entries to win the prestigious national award. Miskell and Eisenberg will attend Yale University and Haverford College respectively this fall.

The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  According to the NMSP, about 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They are the top scoring entrants in each state or less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.  Out of greater than 50,000 high scorers, there are around 16,000 National Merit Program Semifinalists. In order to advance in the competition these semifinalists had to complete several requirements including a detailed application and submit a record of high academic performance. There are just 8,000 National Merit  Scholarships awarded.

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NYA Students Spring to Action, Aid Nepal

Nibbles-for-NepalNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students sprang to action following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal on April 25. Seventh graders sponsored a “dress-down day” (when students, faculty and staff dress casually in return for a $3 donation to a cause) to benefit Oxfam, an organization providing relief efforts in Nepal. Fifth graders are hosting a “Nibbles for Nepal” bake sale to benefit Save the Children.

Fifth grade teacher Shannon Gallagher explained, “We recently completed a study about plate tectonics and were amazed to learn of the earthquake as well as the volcanic eruption that happened in Chile over last weekend.” Since there were no dress-down days available, the class decided on a bake sale and came up with a catchy name – Nibbles for Nepal. “We watched some videos of earthquake footage, and they were excited to realize how much they really had learned throughout the course of our unit –  vocabulary, processes, and the kind of things that people would have needed to do to prepare for such a catastrophe,” said Gallagher.  After researching the top charities involved with earthquake relief, the class decided they would send their donation to Save the Children, an organization that will help get food and supplies to children and their families in Nepal. “I am very proud of the compassion they have shown, as well as their general excitement over spearheading such an effort.  It truly was their idea!”

Seventh graders also mobilized. Science teacher Danielle Barschdorf said, “This earthquake tragedy has hit a chord with me.” Her seventh graders have been studying plate tectonics and are starting to learn about earthquakes. They recently watched the documentary film “Everest” about the 1996 disaster, and they have closely studied the Eurasian and Indian plate boundaries that are converging together to continue to change the Himalayas. “I have always loved learning about the region, and it was devastating when I heard about the disaster. I just felt it was really important that we try to raise funds to help out.” They devoted an entire class period to discussing the events and the science behind the fault line and earthquake. They decided to sponsor a dress-down day to raise funds to help the people in Nepal. After a thorough discussion, the students decided that the funds raised will go to Oxfam, an organization increasing its aid in Nepal through providing water, toilets and other relief efforts. “Every little bit helps,” she said.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.

NYA Art Dazzles Curtis Gallery

us-art2015aNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is hosting the Upper School art student exhibit opening on Thursday, April 30. The exhibit shows new Upper School art work in the Curtis Gallery (148 Main Street, Yarmouth) at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) from April 30 through June 5.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm in the gallery. The opening is free, but donations are welcomed. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular school hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit includes artwork from all Upper School grades and disciplines including AP Studio Art. The opening precedes the NYA spring drama performance of  “Magic Theater”  in Higgins Hall (168 Main Street, Yarmouth) at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.

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Two Former NYA Hockey Players Hoist DI and DIII National Titles

nya-hockeyThe North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) hockey program has a strong history of producing skilled players who go on to compete at high levels after NYA. This spring, a number of current and former players have been honored on a national level. The recent success of the current and former players has brought a lot of attention to the NYA hockey program, which competes in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).

Mary Morrison, a senior from Cumberland, was a split-season player for the Portland Junior Pirates U19 team this season. The Junior Pirates took home the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship trophy this spring after a 2-1 win over the East Coast Wizards of Massachusetts. Morrison was a senior captain for NYA, and is planning on playing Junior Hockey with the Northern Cyclones in New Hampshire next year.

NYA sophomore Bobby Murray (Yarmouth) was selected for the 2015 National Development Camp, which will take place in Amherst, NY from June 26 to July 2, 2015. Murray was named as the only Maine player, and one of six forwards from the New England District to be picked based on their performance at the New England Development Camp. NYA Junior Taylor Leech (Bowdoinham) will take a similar trip to the Girls National Development camp this summer. “Congratulations to both Bobby and Taylor. We are excited to wish them good luck and proud of their success as they go to the development camps,” said NYA head boys varsity hockey coach, Eric Graham.

Graduating in 1997, Matthew Greason left his NYA hockey career on a high note, with the 1997 Class A State Championship.  After a playing career at Trinity, Greason coached at Kingswood-Oxford School, Kent School, and with the US National Team Development Program. He returned to Trinity as their Head Coach in 2011 and has had a great amount of success in his five years with the program.  “This was a great accomplishment for our team and the Trinity College community.  A National Championship is something our team has dreamed of since each of them arrived on campus as a freshman.  Much the way I dreamed of a State Championship when I was at NYA in the 90’s.  It was a special feeling when we accomplished that goal in 1997, and a special feeling for me when Trinity raised the trophy a few weeks ago in Minneapolis,” said Greason.

Jon Gillies started his hockey career at NYA in middle school and has risen quickly through the hockey ranks over the last several years. Gillies led the Providence Friars as their starting goalie to their first National Championship this season. After making over 45 saves in the National Championship game, Gillies was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Gillies was also named as a NCAA East Second Team All-American this season as one of the top goalies in NCAA Hockey.  On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Gillies signed with the Calgary Flames and joins the team in Canada this week.

Graham remarked, “It’s great to see so many former Panthers finding success in the hockey world after NYA. To have two former players in Jon and Matt win NCAA National Championships this year sheds a really positive light on our program and gives our current players an inspiration that hits close to home.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.

Race on Over to the NYA Soiree

soiree2015inviteNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is holding its 31st annual fundraising event, NYA Soiree, on Saturday, May 2 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the NYA gymnasium (154 Main Street, Yarmouth). Proceeds from this charity event support NYA’s visual and performing arts and financial aid programs.

“Race on over to the NYA Soiree!” This year’s event, held on Derby Day, will feature big hats, signature mint juleps, and big band dancing. The evening includes a fabulous silent auction, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music by The Carmine Terracciano Band. The festivities continue with a live auction, dancing, and dessert. Catering is provided by Catering to You. Allagash beer, Cold River Vodka, and a selection of wine (cash bar) also will be served. Members of the NYA community and the public are encouraged to attend.

There will be a 50-50 cash raffle. Raffle tickets are $50 each and are for sale by phone 847-5406 or at the Soiree. The winner does not have to be in attendance.

The highlight of the evening will be the live auction with auctioneer Dave Kimball of PLD Auctions. A sample of items up for bid include:

  • Prime Red Sox  tickets behind home plate valued at $2,000
  • Dinner Party for 10 at the Old Port Sea Grill accompanied by an Allagash tasting
  • A week at a cottage in the English countryside
  • Three week camp session at Kingsley Pines Camp valued at $4,345
  • A day at the State House with a member of the Maine House – priceless!
  • A week at a Sugarloaf condo
  • 20 x 11 antique Oriental rug valued at $6,000
  • A full set of orthodontic braces or Invisalign treatment valued at $6,500
  • Dodgeball/sports party for 20 at Casco Bay Sports valued at $500
  • A collection of books written and signed by Maine authors
  • Bustins Island adventure and gourmet picnic for 10
  • An original oil painting by artist Colby Myer

Tickets for the Soiree are $55 and may be purchased online or by contacting Randall Thomas at 207-847-5406. Corporate Sponsorships are still available at various levels. Call 847-5406 for more information.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at NYA.org.

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